JAKARTA, speitbsc.org – (04/05/2018) IPA Convention and Exhibition, or Convex, for short, is an annual convention held by IPA, which focuses on the discussion regarding oil and gas industry and related topics, such as technicality and investments. It also serves as an exhibition of companies and businesses for the general public visitor. IPA is an association that works collaboratively with all stakeholders in order to create an industry that benefits government, investors, society, human resources, customers and the environment. In order to accomplish that, IPA held many events, such as field trips, courses, and convention, which is IPA Convex 2018. The event was held at Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Center, Senayan, Jakarta on May 2-4, 2018, separated into Invitational and Public Exhibition, but also Convention for participants. Many important people in the oil and gas industry invited as speakers: Arcandra Tahar, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia; Eng. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and the Mineral Resources Arab Republic of Egypt; Muhammad Zamri Jusoh, Vice President Malaysia Petroleum Management of Petronas; and Franco Polo, Executive Vice President Asia Pacific & Iraq of Eni, as part of Plenary Sessions. Fortunately, SPE ITB SC was invited to the event as a student visitor. However, visitors from many different universities and companies from various also joined the event, whether just for looking around or maybe hunting merchandises from big companies.
The convention is divided into several plenary sessions and presentations done by exhibitors, which mostly focuses on how oil and gas industries become very selective on investment decisions due to competitiveness and policies, the theme of IPA Convex 2018 itself. Plenary Sessions were divided into two days, May 2-3, 2018, while most of the exhibitions peaked on May 4, 2018, when a most public visitor came.
There are many booths, ranging from extravagantly eye-catching, such as ExxonMobil, Eni, Chevron, and Pertamina, to smaller ones, such as PT. Gamma Buana Persada and XL. It is not surprising that there are a lot of booths at the exhibition. After all, a big event such as this requires lots of sponsors. Many booths used high-end technologies in order to exhibit their company, such as ExxonMobil and Petronas with their Virtual Reality games, Petrochina with their puzzle game, PT. Gamma Buana Persada with their rope climbing simulation, Pertamina with their interactive screen, Eni who displayed an extravagant car, and many booths showcased tools they produced, such as SPV with their valves and nozzles, and Pumpa Cakrawala Mulia with their pumps. Most booths also sell out lots of expensive merchandises, for example, ExxonMobil gave figurine flash disks and umbrellas for winning their quizzes, which causes very long queue throughout the day. There is also SPV, who gave power banks and premium agendas as merchandise. Booths also held presentations, such as ESDM with their presentation on basin prospect for investment, and TechnipMFC with their first Deepwater development in Malaysia. There are also booths from associations and organizations such as SPE Java.
One of the favorite booths according to visitors is Baker Hughes’ booth. Mainly because of their presentation that not only exhibited their company’s values and achievements but also how their company handles recruitment processes and what kind of positions are available for job-hunters, especially engineers. Visitors also really like ExxonMobil’s booth for their merchandises and their games.
Aside from the merchandises, obviously visitors also got a lot of benefit by visiting the event, especially with respect to knowledge. Visitors can walk just for a bit and see a lot of company that works in the oil and gas industry. In fact, you can say that IPA Convex 2018 is a miniature of the industry itself. I hope that next year IPA Convex could be much bigger to accommodate a lot more exhibitors and speakers. (Nanda Panjaitan)